A Somerset Village
Bradford on Tone is situated midway between Taunton and Wellington on the north side of the A38. Its position is such that both north and south coasts are about one hour's drive away, giving access to seaside towns such as Porlock, and Minehead to the north and Exmouth and Seaton to the south. Also within easy reach are the beautiful areas of Exmoor.
Further afield, there is direct access by train from Taunton station (5 miles away) to London, the Midlands, and Scotland.
Nothing has been found so far to indicate that the habitation in the Bradford parish area was affected by the Roman occupation of Britain. However, there was communication between surrounding habitations, and earlier in the 20th century one could still see traces of ancient British trackways, one of which forded the river Tone upstream from where the present bridge stands. It was from this broad ford that Bradford got its name.
After the Norman conquest, Bradford was included in the Domesday Book as Bradeford. There were 5 serfs,19 villagers and 7 cottagers with 6 ploughs, a mill of 10 shillings rent, 30 acres of meadow,10 acres of pasture and 72 acres of wood. The oldest building in the village is the Church. There was probably a Church in Norman times. There may have been one in Saxon Times, the village being owned by the Bishops of Winchester.
During the fifteenth century, the road system in the parish was much improved when the fords in in the Village and at Hele were replaced with stone bridges. Tradition says that they were built by the monks and one can only surmise which monks they were.